Phone Fix USA’s trained techs have been keeping communication lines open and running smoothly for a quarter of a century, since the ancient art of shouting evolved into the smartphones of today. They repair or replace parts damaged by water, with broken screens, and suffering from dying batteries for brands such as Apple, Samsung, and HTC. They also outfit these devices with accessories from OtterBox and Ballistic, and sell used and refurbished parts and phones to help their guests stay in touch for less.
Stop 'N Shop refuels roadsters and their passengers with all the supplies they need to keep going. Gas tanks guzzle down premium Phillips 66 fuels, engineered with increased detergent additive to help to improve performance, fuel efficiency, and the chances that the car will stop using cuss words. Weary travelers can also recharge with fresh-brewed coffee, bistro salads, and other light eats ranging from Fairbury hot dogs to Blue Bunny ice-cream snacks.
As a small child, Tim Woosley made a cardboard cutout of a guitar, which he pretend-strummed to songs by The Monkees. By age 13, he upgraded to an actual guitar so that his father could teach him all eight minutes of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." The first lesson was just the first step for this passionate musician, as Tim has played the six-string ever since, from guitarist in local bands to founding instructor of Lincoln School of Music.
Versed in guitar, piano, and voice, Tim and his fellow teachers customize one-on-one lessons around each student's individual goals, from learning basic chords to complex riffs and scales. They also lead group lessons, and invite students to perform a piece of their choosing at twice-yearly, low-pressure recitals.
After customers choose custom frangrances, the professional candlestick makers at Hallow Candle Co. whip up toxin-free soy candles, goat’s-milk soaps, and all-natural salt scrubs that revamp both homes and beauty regimens. Guests can sweeten airs with candles ($3–$23) and reed diffusers ($15–$25), whose aromas of cinnamon bun, lilac, and Chanel No. 5 drift through rooms from 99% recycled glassware. Muscle-relaxing Epsom bath salts ($9–$22) come infused with such hybrid fragrances as white ginger and peach spice up bathtimes as effectively as jalapeño-flavored rubber ducks. Alternatively, hosts can add flickering finishing touches to celebrations with made-to-order event candles (typically $75–$400) and the option to add custom fragrances. Crafty candlemakers design color-coordinated unity candles or waxy beacons with picture settings to celebrate a wedding or a shadow's birthday. Hallow Candle Co. requests at least one month to prepare custom event candles.
At Hair Market Junction, Lyca Loy—with more than 21 years of experience—pampers mitts during the approximately one-hour Shellac manicure by massaging wearied paws before trimming cuticles and filing digit hats. She then tops off claws with a french-manicure Shellac coating or your choice of color, both of which can stay chip-free for several weeks and while bare-knuckle boxing with grizzly bears.
Although it doesn't provide the discomfort and high ticket prices associated with an airport pat-down, a massage is still an effective tool for discovering concealed knives and small firearms. Prove you’re not packing in the most relaxing way with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a one-hour massage (a $65 value) at A Greater Good Massage Therapy on North 56th Street.